A donated library book hides a surprise

A book donated by a patron to an Indiana library concealed a .31-caliber powder gun hidden between its covers.

John L Hendricks/The Times/AP
A statue of Orville Redenbacher sits in the city of Valparaiso, Ind.

A worker at the Valparaiso Public Library in Indiana made a surprising discovery inside a book that had recently been donated.

Assistant library director Phyllis Nelson said that someone opened the book and discovered that it had been hollowed out and concealed a handgun inside.

“Somebody just opened it up and said, 'Oh my,’” Nelson told The Times of Northwest Indiana.

The book was titled “Outerbridge Reach,” and the gun was gold with a handle made out of wood. It was A.S.M. brand and a single shot black powder gun, .31-caliber.

Nelson told police what had happened, and the gun is currently held by police as evidence. The police force stated that it did not appear that the weapon had been stolen.

The assistant library director said that no records are kept as to who has donated what library books, so no one knows who dropped off the gun inside the book.

Nelson said that, oddly enough, she’d heard a story about a gun being dropped off inside a book at the Valparaiso Public Library before she started working there.

You've read  of  free articles. Subscribe to continue.
Real news can be honest, hopeful, credible, constructive.
What is the Monitor difference? Tackling the tough headlines – with humanity. Listening to sources – with respect. Seeing the story that others are missing by reporting what so often gets overlooked: the values that connect us. That’s Monitor reporting – news that changes how you see the world.

Dear Reader,

About a year ago, I happened upon this statement about the Monitor in the Harvard Business Review – under the charming heading of “do things that don’t interest you”:

“Many things that end up” being meaningful, writes social scientist Joseph Grenny, “have come from conference workshops, articles, or online videos that began as a chore and ended with an insight. My work in Kenya, for example, was heavily influenced by a Christian Science Monitor article I had forced myself to read 10 years earlier. Sometimes, we call things ‘boring’ simply because they lie outside the box we are currently in.”

If you were to come up with a punchline to a joke about the Monitor, that would probably be it. We’re seen as being global, fair, insightful, and perhaps a bit too earnest. We’re the bran muffin of journalism.

But you know what? We change lives. And I’m going to argue that we change lives precisely because we force open that too-small box that most human beings think they live in.

The Monitor is a peculiar little publication that’s hard for the world to figure out. We’re run by a church, but we’re not only for church members and we’re not about converting people. We’re known as being fair even as the world becomes as polarized as at any time since the newspaper’s founding in 1908.

We have a mission beyond circulation, we want to bridge divides. We’re about kicking down the door of thought everywhere and saying, “You are bigger and more capable than you realize. And we can prove it.”

If you’re looking for bran muffin journalism, you can subscribe to the Monitor for $15. You’ll get the Monitor Weekly magazine, the Monitor Daily email, and unlimited access to CSMonitor.com.

QR Code to A donated library book hides a surprise
Read this article in
QR Code to Subscription page
Start your subscription today